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Latest items for LRW-DATA-1

Nov. 10, 2017, 1:02 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"The 2015 White Paper on Human Rights in North Korea, published by the Korea Institute for National Unification (KINU), a South Korean government-affiliated think tank, and the 2014 UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) report stated that officials had in some cases prohibited live births in prison and ordered forced abortions as recently as 2013. The KINU white paper found that, in some cases of live birth, the prison guards killed the infant or left the baby to die, and reported cases of guards sexually abusing or exploiting female prisoners"(2-3)."Anecdotal reports from the NGO Database Center for North Korean Human Rights and the UN 2014 COI report stated that in some ...more
Nov. 10, 2017, 8:41 a.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"6.6% experienced sexual violence on two or more occsions. Timing: 39% experienced sexual violence during childhood or adolescence" (para 10-11).
Nov. 3, 2017, 10:47 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"A national survey of women aged 18 to 65 by the Moroccan High Commission for Planning found that in 2009 nearly two-thirds – 62.8 percent – had experienced physical, psychological, sexual, or economic violence. Of the sample interviewed, 55 percent reported 'conjugal' violence and 13.5 percent reported 'familial' violence. Only 3 percent of those who had experienced conjugal violence had reported it to the authorities"(1)."Jihan said her husband abused her from the outset of the marriage: Starting from the first night of marriage [my husband] didn’t respect me. He brought his friends… He asked me to do things against religion like getting naked and dancing when his friends came. He ...more
Oct. 26, 2017, 9:30 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LRW-DATA-1, SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1, SUICIDE-DATA-1, SUICIDE-DATA-2, MURDER-DATA-2

"Such 'honor killings' are commonplace in Pakistan, where roughly 1,000 women are slain every year by relatives, most of them men, who believe they have disgraced their families. In 2015, about 1,100 women died in honor killings, while another 900 suffered sexual violence and 800 attempted suicide or took their own lives, the country’s independent Human Rights Commission said in its 2015 report"(para 9)
Oct. 26, 2017, 3:02 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-DATA-1

"Mass gang-rape, killings – including of babies and young children, brutal beatings, disappearances and other serious human rights violations by Myanmar’s security forces in a sealed-off area north of Maungdaw in northern Rakhine State have been detailed in a new UN report issued Friday based on interviews with victims across the border in Bangladesh"(para 1)."Of the 101 women interviewed, more than half reported having suffered rape or other forms of sexual violence"(para 2)."One mother recounted how her five-year-old daughter was trying to protect her from rape when a man 'took out a long knife and killed her by slitting her throat.' In another case, an eight-month-old baby was reportedly killed ...more
Oct. 26, 2017, 12:58 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"In 2007, the Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition (MIWSAC), a statewide tribal coalition focused on preventing and ending sexual violence in American Indian communities, decided to embark on the research that would become 'Garden of Truth'"(para 3)."79 percent of the women had been sexually abused as children"(para 7). These results are from a study of 105 Native women in Minnesota who have been sexually trafficked (ENB-Coder Comment)."Stark points out that although she is of Native and European ancestry and a survivor of childhood sexual trauma, 'The character [in the book] is not me. It's not a memoir'"(para 16)
Oct. 26, 2017, 11:20 a.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-2, LRW-PRACTICE-3, LRW-DATA-1, DV-PRACTICE-1

"In Chechnya, sexual violence by close relatives, is hardly ever prosecuted; if such a crime becomes public knowledge, the victim may be killed to 'purge the family shame'"(para 4)
Oct. 24, 2017, 3:25 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"As of January 2017, 10,806 cases of rape and other unspeakable acts of violence against girls and women were reported since the start of the conflict" (para 13).
Oct. 24, 2017, 2:40 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"In some places this was extreme, such as the disputed 2007 Kenyan election when thousands of women were raped during post-election violence that swept the entire country" (para 7).
Oct. 24, 2017, 2:32 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"In the United States, Facebook reported that 45 percent of its users have friends who posted #MeToo — which makes about 100 million Americans who know someone affected by sexual violence" (para 1).
Oct. 10, 2017, 6:57 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Sexual violence is believed to be a common crime in China, though how common is largely unknown, since many go unreported. Luo Tsun-yin, a social psychologist at Shih Hsin University in Taiwan, believes that nine out of ten crimes are never brought to the attention of the police" (para 7-8). "A 2013 UN report found that almost a quarter of Chinese men admitted raping a woman at least once in their life...Meanwhile a separate study by the China Family Planning Association in 2016 found that 30 per cent of students at Chinese universities had experiences some form of sexual violence. The issue of sexual violence has been high on the ...more
Oct. 5, 2017, 12:14 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Organisations for survivors of sexual and domestic violence have established mobile help units aimed specifically at refugees, but their reach is limited. One of them, Lara, provided counselling for 190 women between October and December 2016, of which two thirds reported suffering from sexual violence since arriving in Germany, according to Elnaz Farahbakhsh, one of Lara’s social workers. Another unit established by BIG (the Berlin initiative against violence towards women) consists of only one social worker, who, between November and December last year, spoke to 84 refugee women who had suffered from either domestic or sexual violence in the shelters" (para 18).
Oct. 3, 2017, 3:27 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Several of the Yezidis, abducted by ISIS in mid-2014, had spent more than a year in captivity. They described being forcibly converted to Islam, kept in sexual slavery, bought and sold in slave markets, and passed among as many as four ISIS members. Human Rights Watch first documented systematic rape of Yezidi women and girls in early 2015" (para 2). "The women and girls said ISIS bought and sold them repeatedly, often raped them, sometimes confined them in rooms for days, humiliated them, and beat their children or took away their children" (para 14). "A 30-year-old woman who escaped with three of her children in January 2016 said ISIS members ...more
Sept. 29, 2017, 1:19 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Women’s Human Rights organization alongside Cultural and religious leaders from African countries currently meeting in Lilongwe, Malawi have condemned in the strongest terms the 'lenient' sentence passed on a man arrested for knowingly sexually violating women and allegedly infecting them with HIV-Aids"(para 1)."In a recent revelation in a BBC documentary that sparked wide condemnations in the region and in sections of the International media, Eric Aniva admitted to being HIV positive and being paid by parents to perform the traditional ritual of having sex with around 104 young girls in a cleansing ritual to mark their rite of passage to adulthood"(para 7)
Sept. 26, 2017, 10:30 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"According to India's National Crime Records Bureau, more than four Dalit women are raped every day in India. The NRCB's 2014 statistics say crime against Dalits rose 19%. In many of the cases, these crimes are committed by upper caste perpetrators"(para 2)."Last week, a young Dalit woman in the state of Haryana reported being gang raped by a group of men, including some of the same individuals accused of raping her three years ago. Police say those suspects were out on bail awaiting trial for the previous allegations"(para 3)."'I wish I wasn't born as a Dalit woman. We are the easiest targets for any sexual or physical abuse in our ...more
Sept. 22, 2017, 4:25 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: LRW-DATA-1, DV-DATA-1

"'Girls who get married at a really young age are more at risk of sexual or domestic violence as well as miscarriages because their bodies are not really ready for giving birth yet. Also, girls who get married at an early age are not mentally ready to raise children and are less able to complete their education and find a job,' Omaima explained. Although it's illegal to get married under 18 in Jordan, the practice is increasingly common among Syrian refugees. In 2015, 35% of all Jordan marriages involved a minor, up from 18% in 2012, according to the Jordanian Higher Population Council, citing statistics from the Chief Islamic Justice ...more
Sept. 22, 2017, 4:24 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"'Girls who get married at a really young age are more at risk of sexual or domestic violence as well as miscarriages because their bodies are not really ready for giving birth yet. Also, girls who get married at an early age are not mentally ready to raise children and are less able to complete their education and find a job,' Omaima explained. Although it's illegal to get married under 18 in Jordan, the practice is increasingly common among Syrian refugees. In 2015, 35% of all Jordan marriages involved a minor, up from 18% in 2012, according to the Jordanian Higher Population Council, citing statistics from the Chief Islamic Justice ...more
Sept. 21, 2017, 5:35 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"That's how an 18-year-old Noemi felt when she learned that she had no choice but to hand over her baby daughter to the man convicted of assaulting her.Noemi's child was conceived in the assault, and Nebraska's laws on parental rights forced her to agree to court-sanctioned visits between her daughter and her attacker"(para 2-3)."Noemi's story isn't unusual. Across America, there are state laws that don't protect women who became pregnant through rape from being forced to share their children with their rapists"(para 6)."Exact stats aren't tracked, but there are an estimated 17,000 to 32,000 rape-related pregnancies in the United States each year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures"(para ...more
Sept. 15, 2017, 9:35 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-DATA-1, IIP-PRACTICE-2

"In 2015, the number of rape cases declined by 5.6 percent to 34,651 reported cases, down from 36,735 in 2014. However, other sexual offences, such as sexual harassment, stalking, voyeurism and 'assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty', increased by 2.5 percent" (para 35).
Sept. 14, 2017, 10:37 p.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"The Brazilian teenage girl who says she was brutally gang raped in a Rio de Janeiro slum is speaking out about the attack and the related graphic video that went viral.'If I have to wait for the justice system, they've already shown that nothing is going to happen,' she told CNN affiliate TV Record in the presence of her attorney. 'I am waiting for the justice of God. That might be late but it never fails'"(para 1-2)."The [gang rape] case has shocked Brazil, a country accustomed to a high level of violence, and sparked backlash on social media and impromptu protests in a number of cities"(para 4)
Sept. 1, 2017, 10:18 a.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"It was a summer′s day in 2008 when someone knocked at the door. Howeida was 15 years old at the time. A man stood in the doorway. He spoke briefly to her father and her step-mother. Then the matter was settled: Howeida would be married to a man from Saudi Arabia for a sum of around 1750 euros. The 'marriage' lasted a whole 20 days, during which Howeida was repeatedly raped. Then, the man simply departed. His summer vacation was over" (para 2).
Aug. 31, 2017, 5:38 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

“Violence against women and the number of rapes in India have risen for over a decade — more than two rapes occur every hour on average, one study says” (para 6). “Instances of reported rape have increased faster in the state [Uttar Pradesh] than in the rest of India in recent years, with the number of rapes more than doubling between 2014 and 2015” (para 12).
Aug. 31, 2017, 4:49 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

“In the Jos North district, 15 out of 35 women with disabilities spoke of violations in IDP camps” (para 9). “Globally, women with disabilities are … up to three times more likely to be raped by a stranger or acquaintance” (para 10).
Aug. 31, 2017, 11:33 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

“Delhi has the highest rate of rape in Delhi (2.7 per 100,000)” (20).
Aug. 30, 2017, 12:31 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Investigators found that the girl had been 'repeatedly raped by her stepfather over a period of time,' said a police inspector at a Rohtak police station devoted to crimes against women" (para 6). "Two other recent rapes in the region have reinforced India’s reputation as dangerous for women. The badly mutilated body of a woman in her early 20s was found last week, and medical examiners said the bones in her head had been shattered and sharp objects inserted into her vagina. 'It was a brutal sexual assault-cum-murder,' said Dr. Dhattarwal, who also supervised the medical examination in that case" (para 10-11). "Also last week, a young woman was dragged ...more
Aug. 28, 2017, 4:45 p.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, LRW-DATA-1, DV-DATA-1

"According to the World Health Organization, 64 percent of women aged fifteen to forty-nine experienced violence from a partner, and 37 percent of women were subject to sexual abuse before age fifteen. Violence against women can impede a woman’s ability to enter and remain in the labor force – and yet reliable employment is critical to enabling survivors of violence to escape abusive relationships"(para 6)
Aug. 26, 2017, 2:38 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-DATA-1

“Many [domestic workers] suffer from verbal or sexual abuse” (para 3). “Asma [a domestic worker from Bangladesh] was both sexually and verbally abused … Many other female domestic workers share Asma K.’s story” (para 13).
Aug. 14, 2017, 8:43 a.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Over 33 per cent of women, aged 15 to 64 years old, had experienced physical and/or sexual violence in her lifetime" (para 12).
Aug. 9, 2017, 8:04 p.m.
Countries: Georgia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-2, LRW-DATA-1, UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"Georgian culture remains highly patriarchal, both inside and outside the home. And the 2013 gender relations study also reported that only 3.7 per cent of Georgians, both male and female, fully disagreed with the statements, 'men have the last say in the family' and 'women should endure verbal abuse to maintain the integrity of the family.' Too often, this endorsement of men’s dominance and women’s silent suffering extends to physical and sexual gender-based violence as well"(para 7-8)
Aug. 7, 2017, 1:15 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"What should we do with the anger inspired by Brock Turner, the former Stanford swimmer who was sentenced to just six months in jail for sexual assault?A movement to recall the judge who ordered that sentence, Aaron Persky, continues to gain support, with a celebrity-studded fund-raiser this month.In California, legislators have proposed several bills meant to prevent short sentences for sexual assaults, including one that would require a mandatory-minimum term for anyone convicted of sexually assaulting an intoxicated or unconscious person"(para 1-3)."Consider, for example, Raul Ramirez, a Salvadoran immigrant whose rape case was also assigned to Judge Persky. Some advocates have pointed to Mr. Ramirez’s prison sentence — years longer ...more